Pregnant Woman Thrown to Ground by NYPD
Officers from the New York Police Department are under investigation after a disturbing altercation between officers and a pregnant woman was captured on amateur video, officials said Wednesday.
The video shows, Sandra Amezquita, who is 5-foot-4 and five months pregnant, being grabbed by the arm and thrown to the pavement belly first with the cop placing his weight on her back in Sunset Park around 2:15 a.m.
“She is pregnant! Oh my gosh!” the person can be heard yelling in the background. Also in the video, a second unidentified woman attempts to come to the pregnant woman’s aid, but is also forcefully shoved to the ground by police.
The altercation happened when Amezquita said she was asking the police to “stop using excessive force” on her teenage son who was being taken into custody on charges for allegedly having a knife clipped to his belt.
She was given a summons for disorderly conduct while her husband, who also attempted to intervene, was arrested for assaulting a police officer, cops said.
At a news conference, Amezquita said she is praying nothing happens to her baby.
“I’m afraid of what is going to happen to my baby. I pray to God nothing happens to him,” Amezquita, who is about 5 months pregnant, said through an interpreter at a press conference.
Amezquita’s attorney, Sanford Rubenstein, told media Wednesday that the 43-year-old woman suffered vaginal bleeding and bruises on her arms and stomach as a result of the encounter. He said she has persisting abdominal pain and showed a photo of bruising on her stomach.
The NYPD said, “The incident is under review by our Internal Affairs Bureau.”
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